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Preserving the Wildflower – Postcard #69


What becomes of the seemingly ephemeral creations we leave behind? Especially in the analog-days?

Consider these in the context of missing cassette tapes made by a now departed poet/activist/scholar Foster and guitar-ing Mikael, who recorded spontaneous youthful riffs in parent’s basement in Utah. In this postcard, Mikael  Lewis sings “Wildflower (for Foster)” written by Dave in a clinic in Nepal, then adds some more verses, spiels and a poem called “Occasionally Free” – with lightning, rainstorm and crickets chiming along.

Catch lightning with Preserving the Wildflower – Postcard #69
(25MB, 14:22, mp3, stereo)

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Remembrance Day with Vasco’s Bones – Postcard #63

Remembrance Day with Vasco's Bones

From an olden church and (otherwise vacant) cenotaph at Fort Cochin, Kerala, India, Dave O – acknowledging an extended medical and death related hiatus – discusses the local history of colonization by Portuguese explorers, Dutch traders, then British Raj in the context of the colonization leading to exploitation, conscription and war with no meaning to local populace. Plus the meaning of reparations and the conflict of peaceful resistance – evidenced my Mahatma Gandhi beach a stone’s throw away – contrasted with continued wars throughout the world, shadowed by disposable tourism, economic and racial caste systems.

Recorded Nov. 11, 2016, Released 11:11 Nov. 11, 2017

Gather Round for Remembrance Day with Vasco’s Bones – Postcard #63  (37:11, .mp3, 192k, 58MB, stereo)

Also of note: Vasco da Gama’s bones, black knee-high socks, French generational losses, siege of Leningrad, Churchill’s mishaps, lost human potential of engineers, poets and lovers, MacArthur’s folly, Australia’s vulnerability, the emergence of regions over nation-states, Brexit for British Columbia + Cascadia, Catalonia and Scottish successions, work of raising a child, trappings of hubris, death by disease and guns, aggressive use of intelligence, forethought and diplomacy, and unfiltered view of sacrifice and life.

Cover art photo: By Dave Olson at Fort Cochin, taken by Lomo Sardine can camera with expired B&W film.

Pacific Blue Drum and Bugle Corps Parade in Bridgeview, Surrey, BC

pac blue parade

recently shot clips of 23 marching bands at Victoria Day parade in Victoria (natch) and was flashing back to hauling bass drum or marimba through Bridgeview for parades with no audience. they were marching bands and now drum bugle corps per se but made me think of the hijinks with all the Pacific Blue weirdos, circa 1983-4.

anyhow, curiously wondered how our drum line would stack up (better than all i am sure!) and enjoyed some flashbacks to the many parades (enjoyed memories more than hauling mallets or bass drum) and sure enough, found a photo… of the lamest parade ever… an early morning in Bridgeview with almost no one on the streets. We were yelled at by woken up residents, and joined in the parade mostly by kids with wagons and dogs.

Behold, evidence including rare snaps of legendary Rob Loewen and the witty Bill Odribege + more renegades.

“Creepers and Chums” memorial party ~ an Uncle Weed variety shindig

Creeper & Chums - memorial party announcement (mixed-media, Dave Olson)
Creeper & Chums – memorial party announcement (mixed-media, Dave Olson)


An Uncle Weed Variety Shindig ~~ Music, Poetry, Dance , Art

Details: Sat. May 27th 2017
Bring: Potluck, chair and good vibes
Dedication: Lauralee Elliott and Rod H. Ash


* Mikael Lewis and International Correspondents
* Larry “Auto” Harper
* Anna Banarama’s Bellydance Revue
++ various Global Free Radicals (via video)

Creeper & Chums - memorial party commemorative posters (mixed-media, Marty Kendall)
Creeper & Chums – memorial party commemorative posters (mixed-media, Marty Kendall)
Invite? Leave a comment. Will also be live streamed for folks elsewhere

Visual Art: Inventory

Annotated Inventory of paint/mixed-media art

GRAVELLY BEACH ~ Painted Winter/Spring 2005

  • #1 Snag on Beach 9×12 oil
  • #2 Madrona 9×12 oil
  • #3 Red Bark 9×12 oil & dirt
  • #4 Sakura 9×12 oil
  • #5 Iris 9×12 oil
  • #6 Bottles 9×12 water on canvas
  • #7 Spring Tree 9×12 oil
  • #8 Clam Dig 9×12 oil pastel on canvas
  • #9 Night Spar 9×12 oil
  • #10 Driftwood 16×20 oil
  • #11a/b Fireworks 9×12 oil
  • #12 Stillwater 11.5×18 charcoal
  • #13 Pathway 16×20 acrylic
  • #14 Vase 16×20 oil
  • #15 Onisan (Bob) 16×20 charcoal
  • #16 Orion 9×9 oil
  • #17 Bluff pastel on paper {note: needs photo and posted}
  • #18 Hannah’s Birthday oil

EUROPA (Entire Coast) ~ Spring/Summer 2005

  • Granada Teteria 12×8 watercolour (Spain) X 
  • Barcelona Alley By Night 12×16 acrylic (Spain) X
  • The Other Direction 12×16 water/pastel (Spain)  {note: needs photo and posted}
  • Cove Near Almeria 12×16 acrylic (Spain) X
  • Power Plant Past Cliffs 12×16 acrylic (Spain) X
  • Fig de Fox Garden 12×16 acrylic (Portugal) X
  • Building at Park Güell 12×16 acrylic (Spain) X
  • House at Parc Güell 12×16 acrylic  on paper (Spain) X
  • Picnic w/ Columbo 12×16 acrylic on paper (Spain) X
  • Tour Eiffel Picnic 12×16 charcoal on canvas (France) X


In process {note: needs posted}

  • Santiago Beer 12×16 water on paper (Spain)
  • Galacian Cafe 12×16 pastel on paper (Spain)
  • French Farm by Train 12×16 water on paper (France)
  • Renegade Cyclist (A.dam) 12×16 pencil on paper (Netherlands)
  • Cheese, Bridges, Bikes (A.dam) 12×16 pencil on paper (Netherlands)
  • From Arch de Triumph 12×16 charcoal on canvas (France)
  • Sleeping on Train 12×16 pencil on paper (France)
  • Salema Fishing Boats 12×16 pencil on canvas (Portugal)
  • Brussels Bar 12×16 pencil on paper (Belgium)
  • Amsterdam Front Door 12×16 pencil on paper (Netherlands)
  • Bells for el Papi 12×16 pencil on canvas (Spain)
  • Telescoping to the Tower 12×16 pencil on canvas (France)
  • Amsterdam Tangles 12×16 pencil on paper (Netherlands)
  • Beers in Grandness 12×16 pencil on paper (Belgium)
  • Window, Beer, Spice (?) 12×16 pencil on paper

EUROPE (STUMBLE) ~ Summer/Fall 1993

  • Tent to Church 8×10 watercolour pencil (Germany) X
  • Weingut 8×10 watercolour pencil (Germany) X
  • Ludwigshöhe 8×10 watercolour pencil (Germany) X
  • Kastanien 8×10 watercolour pencil (Germany) X
  • Self portrait with cheese 8×10 mixed media X

LOST JAPAN ~ Fall/Winter 1994

  • Gonda Village Farm 8×10 watercolour pencil X
  • Graves Near Gonda 8×10 watercolour pencil X

STATIC MONTAGE ~ Mixed Media Collages

  • Belize ~ 2001 X
  • Palau ~  Storyboard 1995 X
  • Vancouver ~ 2013?
  • Amsterdam ~ 2002 X
  • VW Bus ~ 2003 X
  • Europa for Trev 
  • Europe from Trev X
  • Tracks on Tracks ~ 2012 X
  • SLC Olympics ~ 2002 X
  • * Grateful Dead for Dan

CLAYOQUOT Dispatch ~ Oil/Acrylic from 2007 w/ work in 2013

  • Left Bay near Clayoquot Sound, oil X
  • Right Bay near Clayoquot Sound, acrylic X
  • Lighthouse & Islands, oil

Letters from Russia – 2004

  • Camp Cabins
  • Rowboat
  • Hot lunch en route X
  • Cannon at bordino
  • Lake driftwood
  • Sunset of Dreams
  • Soot and despair
  • Lake (lucid blue)
  • Countryside


  • Evelyn Backyard 9×12 oil 2011-2013
  • Vancouver Postcard 16×20 acrylic 2011-2013 X


  • Little Bay Postcards 9×12 oil 2011-2013
  • Mr Chubby’s Irie Cove 16×20 acrylic 2011-2013
  • Little Bay Big 9×12 oil 2011-2013
  • Little Bay Little 16×20 acrylic 2011-2013

BACKDROPs ~ Logan Utah, circa 1990-1

  • Satan Lives in Moab X
  • Angry Piglet X
  • Generic Backdrop X
  • Trio X

Dave Olson, Cub Scout – ID badge from 1975-76

Appropriate identification. Can i use this to purchase beer?  Note: Always Dave, rarely ever David.

#CubScout #Canada #Akela #Scouts


Hey now Chicago!

In honour of Chicago Cubs baseball winning the World Series in dramatic fashion just a year after the Grateful Dead rocked Soldier field for 3 nights, i shared this snap of a visit to Wrigley Field from about 1988.

≈boldkick≈ on Twitter: “We think of @uncleweed as the Internet whisperer. #BoldMove

“Get to Know Dave Olson: A Glimpse of Uncle Weed’s World Full of Passion” from boldkick

My pal and long time collaborator at Hootsuite, Chris Trottier and his new crew at “boldkick” – a new social architecture bureau, wrote this little tribute post about me following a talk at Victoria, BC, Canada’s Social Media Camp where i discussed how the “Internet has a Short Memory”. I am truly touched by he and Cindy’s kind words – i am very fond of them as well.

Excerpt pasted below for the record along with a link to the original post.

Raised on a diet of hockey, punk rock, and fanzines, Dave “Uncle Weed” Olson has been writing about his experiences for almost as long as the Internet existed.

A master storyteller, Dave Olson thrives in building communities. His work revolves around being an all-around creative. He is a writer, a podcaster, singer, a multi-hyphenate superstar. Looking at his own website, it’s both surprising and inspiring to see one person who has done so much.

It all leads to one thing, doesn’t it? Passion.

It’s been such an overused word, but it always rings true to the people who have it. Dave’s lifeblood is community, something that we at Boldkick strongly resonate with. Did we mention he’s from Vancouver, too?

As a traveller, Dave Olson has had a handful of experiences with different people with different backgrounds. In a quick interview at Toque and Canoe about his suitcase, Dave Olson shares about his souvenirs in his travels.

“I keep little ephemeral paper objects. Ticket stubs. Crappy postcards. I’ll take an empty scrap book and make it real time on the trip. Then you return home and BAM, the whole trip is documented and you can share it with your friends. I was on a train in the rain in Spain (ha ha) and had my scrap book with me and I ended up partying with all of these great folks. Great way to bridge those cultural gaps. I also like to bring back coins. Little things. I like tiny things.”

Source: Get to Know Dave Olson: A Glimpse of Uncle Weed’s World Full of Passion – boldkick

Personal Publicity Story at SFU – Roundup #TPOPS